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Scientific American (1845-1909) Collection

Scientific American (informally abbreviated SciAm) is a popular science magazine. It is notable for its long history of presenting science monthly to an educated but not necessarily scientific public, through its careful attention to the clarity of its text as well as the quality of its specially commissioned color graphics. Many famous scientists, including Einstein, have contributed articles in the past 167 years. It is the oldest continuously published monthly magazine in America.

Scientific American was founded by inventor and publisher Rufus M. Porter in 1845 as a four page weekly newspaper. Throughout its early years, much emphasis was placed on reports of what was going on at the U.S. Patent Office. It also reported on a broad range of inventions including perpetual motion machines, an 1860 device for buoying vessels by Abraham Lincoln, and the universal joint which now finds place in nearly every automobile manufactured. Porter sold the newspaper to Alfred Ely Beach and Orson Desaix Munn I a mere 10 months after founding it. Until 1948 it remained owned by Munn & Company. (Description from Wikipedia.)

This collection has most of the issues printed by Scientific American between the years of 1845 and 1909.


texts 2,788

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american 1,075
iron 854
patent office 787
munn 753
horse power 723
patents 631
address munn 605
claim 600
patented 578
purpose set 548
combination 541
electric 529
american supplement 512
apparatus 505
manner 487
sewing machine 486
purpose 451
purposes set 438
feet 409
tbe 401
steam engine 371
improved 365
wrought iron 363
cast iron 325
water 323
york city 304
express money 291
consists 272
years ago 260
machine 246
arranged 236
constructed 200
price list 194
set 189
gas engine 188
carbonic acid 186
letters patent 184
boiler 173
electric light 170
inches 161
device 154
steam boiler 153
large number 142
railroad 141
automobile 136
cubic feet 127
gas 123
ment 123
hot water 121
sulphuric acid 121
steam engines 119
center 118
illustrated 115
sheet metal 114
motor 108
valve 104
color 102
tlie 102
improvement 98
steel 97
hot air 96
feed water 93
adapted 92
american supplements 92
american patent 88
bicycle 87
nitric acid 87
india rubber 82
air 79
engine 79
contained 76
compressed air 71
post office 71
postal union 71
specific gravity 71
feet long 70
trade mark 69
coal tar 66
manufacture 64
steam power 64
manufacturers 63
vessels 63
wood working 63
torpedo 59
cents 56
square inch 55
address 54
floor plans 54
takes place 53
wire 53
flax 52
great variety 52
patent granted 52
rifled cannon 52
square feet 52
arrangement 51
small quantity 51
wheel 51
find directions 50
rapid transit 50
san francisco 50
supplement 50
torpedo boat 50
general lyon 48
oil 48
bilge timbers 47
grand gold 47
nautical knots 47
reinforced concrete 47
rifled 47
straw carrier 47
turbine water 47
undivided half 47
great britain 46
perspective elevations 46
canal 45
gutta percha 45
manner set 45
short time 45
asks 44
storage battery 43
wireless telegraph 43
east river 42
inch 42
portland cement 42
water supply 42
great deal 40
water power 40
cotton 39
fulton 39
high pressure 39
patent issued 39
illustrated catalogue 38
natural gas 38
tific american 37
armor 36
gasoline 36
liquid air 36
tons 36
york central 36
ofthe 35
purposes 35
water wheel 35
going 34
acetylene gas 33
low pressure 33
acetylene 32
tbe purpose 32
twelve months 32
patent laws 31
pipe 31
practical treatise 31
provement 31
shaft 31
slide valve 31
american export 30
average speed 30
candle power 30
export edition 30
power 30
heat 29
pose set 29
building edition 28
motor car 28
particulars address 28
postage included 28
sir william 28
colors 27
electric motor 27
patent law 27
plate 27
send stamp 27
steam boilers 27
steam pump 27
supreme court 27
young men 27
gun 26
guns 26
trade marks 26
circuit court 25
cubic yards 25
inventor 25
american december 24
cement 24
construction 24
emery wheel 24
grand cash 24
great number 24
hudson river 24
locomotive 24
planing 24
three times 24
total number 24
american november 23
cold water 23
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